Becoming an Elder
Senior Stories

Becoming an Elder

When you lose the generation of your parents, and you yourself become an elder, what are you to make of that? As of today, my wife and I are officially elders in our immediate family. With the passing this afternoon of my mother-in-law, 93, whose moniker among her five kids and their kids is Racy…

Best Seat in the House
Senior Stories

Everyone Has the Best Seat in the House

On the ring finger of my left hand is the bust of Aristotle. On my right wrist is a watch sporting the image of Curious George. I figure the universe is telling me that somewhere between the father of Western philosophy and a mischievous monkey is the secret of life. So far as I can…

Senior Stories

Celebrating Your Essence

The last time I did this exercise, here’s what my heart brought forth… When it comes to Christmas decorations, I love everything. Show me a lawn full of plastic pink flamingos pulling a tattooed Santa in a bathtub, the baby Jesus sitting on Santa’s head – and I’ll delight in the infinite ways the…

Senior Stories

The Power of Invisible People

How we are influenced by folks we’ve never met… This Easter Sunday, April 16, 2006, is the 40th birthday of my younger son, whom I’ve never met.  And it’s more than possible that I never will. Yet, he is one of many people whose invisible presence continually encourages me to pay attention to who I…


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